Venice Nightlife

Venice is not renowned for its nightlife, but it is possible to enjoy some late night entertainment in the Lido area where nightclubs and bars are more commonplace. If you prefer to stay within Venice, do as the locals do - enjoy a late meal followed by a glass or two of local wine. For bars and cichetterie (snack bars), try the areas around Rialto and Erbaria, Campo Santa Margherita and the Fontamenta della Misericorida.

For large-scale cultural events with a national interest, Vivaticket ( offers an information and ticket booking service online.

An excellent website for finding and booking concerts is Music in Venice (, which includes links for buying tickets online at the same price as at the venue.


This wine and cocktail bar overlooking the Grand Canal is the place to come if you want an evening listening to a pianist tinkling the ivories, whilst soaking up Venice’s wonderful cityscape. From the windows you can see the boats gliding up and down the canal. Arrive early for cicchetti or late for dinner.

San Polo, 120, Venice, 30125, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 520 7066.

Bars in Venice

Bacaro Jazz

This lively, upbeat cocktail bar, conveniently attached to a restaurant, is located just a couple of minutes walk from the Rialto Bridge. This bar is the haunt of the young and trendy thanks to its exciting cocktail list. It also has a strange custom of women leaving their bras hanging on display.

San Marco 5546, Venice, 30124, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 528 52 49.
El Refolo

Sprucing up the traditional idea of an osterie, this lively wine bar in the Castello area has an extensive list of bottles and is handy if you’re attending the Biennale. It fills quickly in the evening with people coming for a tipple and cicchetti - small snacks that accompany the drinks such as salami and cheese.

Via Garibaldi 1580, Venice, 30122, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 000 0000
Tarnowska's American Bar

A short walk from St Mark's Square, this bar is located in the Hotel Ala and is named after Countess Maria Tarnowska, who plotted and instigated the murder of one of her lovers in the hotel in 1907. Fascinating history aside, this tranquil and relaxing bar is a great place for a cocktail accompanied by bar snacks, such as olives, crisps and plates of local cheese. The decor is reminiscent of the early 1900s, too, with leather chairs and antique bric-à-brac. There are occasional live jazz performances. 

Campo Santa Maria Del Giglio, San Marco 2494, Venice, 30124, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 520 83 33.

Clubs in Venice


For most Venetians, clubbing means catching the train to the mainland and heading out in Mestre. Molocinque, a restaurant/nightclub with an impressive art deco columned facade and an equally impressive collection of sounds, is where you’ll find everything from hip hop to merengue.

Via Dell'Elettricita, 10 , Marghera, Venice, 30175, Italy
Telephone: +39 340 494 28 63.
Tag Club

Just behind Venice’s Venizia Mestre train station, this intimate gem has taken centre stage in the city's nightlife scene for over four decades. Open on weekends only, the line-up here is eclectic and ranges from concerts and exhibitions to underground electro DJs.

Via Giustizia, 19, Venice, 30175, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 92 19 70.

Live Music in Venice

Al Vapore

Expect anything from big-name jazz bands to solo pianists at Al Vapore, a popular live music joint located a short train journey away in Mestre. It's not just stonking musicians here, you can herald in a hangover with some refreshing cocktails too.

Via Fratelli Bandiera, 8, Marghera, Venice, 30175, Italy
Telephone: +39 41 93 07 96.
Venice Jazz Club

Located between Santa Margherita and Santa Barnaba, what Venice’s only jazz club lacks in appearance it makes up in atmosphere. This lively joint offers gigs by local and international musicians five days a week (not Thursday and Sunday). Closed during August. Booking advisable.

Dorsoduro 3102, Ponte dei Pugni, Venice, 30123, Italy
Telephone: +39 340 150 4985
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